Many clients like to know a little more about what kind of person their therapist is. Here's a little info about who I am.
On a personal basis, I love our Italian Greyhounds Enzo, Georgie and Gino, and our baby kitty, Zola. I come from a 'car family', and I love my classic Datsun 280ZX (alas...it's in storage in VA). I'm also a big fan of the theatre and go to plays whenever I can. I also enjoy watching football games (Go, Panthers!) and have recently starting getting into roller derby and our fabulous Rose City Rollers! I'm a former East Coaster who has moved here and never intends to go back!
It is in my nature to be warm and accepting of people in general. I especially enjoy working with the LGBT community, and welcome all kinds of people (those who are not in the mainstream of society, for example). I work a lot with the transgender community and find it really rewarding to work with these incredibly courageous people. I feel strongly that my clients are the only experts on themselves, and so my role is more that of a guide (and mirror) than as a person who tells others what to do.
I am licensed as a Clinical Psychologist in Oregon, license 2709.
For those who are concerned about the educational details, I have both a Master's Degree and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Forest Institute of Professional Psychology, a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and an Associate's Degree in Nursing from Gardner-Webb University. I am a member of WPATH, the American Psychological Association, and Oregon Psychological Association.